High Quality Replica Reverie Classic — hands-on review

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

The Classic shares the same packaging as the Sea-Spirit, an elegant black leather box, and just as the last time, there was a hand-written note from Samuel Tay, the founder. It’s a small gesture, but it gave me that nice warm feeling that Reverie, is the kind of  micro, boutique brand, that will find a way to offer a personalised experience to its clients.  Besides the packaging, the Classic shares many elements with the previous model, it has the same case, the same crown, here too, the straps use the same system of quick release spring bars as before, but similarities stop here. The Classic is powered by a different movement, the automatic Miyota 820A that comes with  a day-date complication. The day’s wheel is bilingual, you can set it either in English or Spanish, it’s not too complicated to set, and I find it’s quite a cool feature. I was actually tempted to set it in Spanish, just for the fun.

As a replica Watch blogger, I get to see many replica Watches Replica, many of them are coming from new microbrands, launching their debut model. What I find really fun is when a young brand keeps me in the loop by sending me their second model, then the third, and so on, giving me the opportunity to see how their products become more and more mature. With Reverie, a microbrand from Singapore it is same. Just a few months ago, I reviewed the Sea-Spirit, their debut model, which was the replica Watch that successfully launched Reverie into the sphere of elegant, well-made timepieces, with sophisticated design and great value. And now, I have the pleasure to take their second model, called the Classic, for a test drive. Will the Classic live up to the high bar set by the Sea-Spirit? Let’s see.

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

As I mentioned earlier, the Classic has the same cushion-shaped case as the Sea-Spirit, and I’m glad to find the sunray brushed finish on the top was kept, it focuses the attention to the dial and it highlights the polished surface of the bezel. The crown is shorter, another feature to bring the Classic to the dressy side, but it’s large enough to offer a good grip. Winding the replica Watch and setting the time is a smooth experience.

A new complication means a new dial. While the Sea-Spirit had two versions, black or blue, both decorated with a mesmerising guilloche, the Classic is white and guilloche has a different pattern. The printed numerals are replaced by applied stainless steel faceted hour markers that will bring alive the dial, which is already an eye-catcher because of the guilloche. The slender faceted lance hands are blued, reinforcing the dressy aspect of the Classic. The contrast with the dial is fantastic, just a quick glance at your wrist and you know the time, but then… “A quick glance”, it’s easy to say, but in reality, often I would stare at the Classic, moving it around to let the light have fun on all its delicate details.

 

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

The see-through back reveals the automatic Japanese movement, with a skeletonized rotor. The engraving on the back of the replica Watch is well balanced and the Latin motto of Soli Deo Gloria — glory to the only God, is a reference to the values of the founder of Reverie.

The Classic comes with a black leather strap with branded butterfly clasp and there is also a brown leather strap with buckle to match your eye colour. The quick release spring bars make the swapping straps game absolutely painless and you don’t risk of scratching the case with a spring bar tool.

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

Having the two replica Watches Replica side-by-side, they are like two brothers that look similar but once you know them, you discover that they have  completely different personalities. Of course, they are quite versatile, you can throw many different scenarios at them and they will handle it without difficulty, but the Classic is the one you would like to wear for an elegant dinner with your lady, while the Sea-Spirit is the replica Watch for your weekend, be that on a boat or with friends at a BBQ.

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

As I’m writing this review, there are a few days left to preorder the Classic on Indigogo. It’s $350 US, or $360 US with an additional NATO strap, which is absolutely decent for a replica Watch like this and the best perk is that there will be no waiting time for production. The Classic will be ready to be shipped out 5-15 business days after the campaign ends. By the way, did I mentioned that international shipping is included?

On Indigogo Samuel Tay talks about the Japanese principle of shibui, a balance of simplicity and complexity, and I have to agree with him, the Reverie Classic nailed it nicely. It is a replica Watch the might look uncomplicated, but then you take a closer look and suddenly you are taken by surprise by an unexpected detail. It’s a fun replica Watch to wear!

 

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

A profile view of the Reverie Classic

A profile view of the Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

Reverie Classic

High Quality Replica Zion Apollo Tourbillon — hands-on review

Zion Apollo

Zion Apollo

As their customer base starts to grow, they will start looking into more interesting complications, such as an annual calendar, or a chronograph. Well, Zion Manufacturing, an Australian microbrand debuted with a bold move and they did not hesitate to jump head first into the crowded ocean of replica Watchmakers, with the launch of the Apollo — an automatic tourbillon! This was a daring move, for two reasons.With the advent of online crowdfunding small boutique brands, microbrands as I prefer to call them, are constantly popping up. Usually, they will get their feet wet in replica Watchmaking by launching a basic three hands and date replica Watch and if they manage to pull off a relatively original design and a good story, they are in business.  First of all the price, while it’s absolutely in line with other tourbillons manufactured in China, it still costs more than above-mentioned basic debut pieces. Secondly, a new brand needs to prove that it’s capable of growing, of evolving, of becoming more and more solid. By starting out with a tourbillon, they have set their standards quite high and I hope that going forward, they will be able to stick to this path.

A closer look at the tourbillon of the Zion Apollo

A closer look at the tourbillon of the Zion Apollo

At the moment, to find anything more affordable you have to look into tourbillons made in China, like the Hangzhou 3A00 used by Zion. If we look at it from this perspective, then, yes, Zion’s choice is quite interesting.In the same time, a tourbillon is on every replica Watch collector’s wishlist and even if TAG Heuer made a big splash with the Carrera Heuer 02T, a Swiss-made chronograph tourbillon with a price tag of less than 15,000 CHF, it is still a pricey piece for many.

These observations might sound as a conclusion to a review, but before going into the details of the Apollo, I had to get them off my chest.

Zion Apollo tourbillon

Zion Apollo tourbillon

I was quite happy to borrow a black dial Zion Apollo for this review, so far my encounters with tourbillons have resumed to drooling at high-end replica Watch boutiques, or trying them on for a few minutes at trade shows. Now, I had three weeks to enjoy a tourbillon and to have a closer look at all the details of the Apollo. The review model was a prototype and it was sent without the finished packaging, so I can’t comment on that. Even without the fancy boxes, my first impression was that I’m dealing with a high-end luxury replica Watch. The layered black email dial, the applied stainless steel indexes and of course, the tourbillon at 6 o’clock emanate sophistication. I particularly liked the subtle sheen on the edge of the top layer of the dial, it’s a real stroke of design genius. The leading character here is the tourbillon and all the other elements of the dial are kept on a short leash, avoiding any unnecessary embellishments and redundant details.

a profile view of the Zion Apollo

a profile view of the Zion Apollo

With a diameter of 42mm and a height of 12mm, the Apollo has a serious wrist presence. I found a real pleasure in admiring it from every angle — a profile view will reveal the slightly curved double-domed sapphire crystal, while the vertical brushed finish on the side of the case and the lugs make the Apollo even more engaging.

The crown is proportional with the rest of the case, offering an excellent grip and it is decorated with the Zion logo. Since the case is water resistant to 50m, wich is more than plenty for a dress replica Watch, in my opinion, the screw-down feature of the crown is an overkill, they could have completely skipped it.

The see-thourhg back of the Zion Apollo

The see-thourhg back of the Zion Apollo

The exhibition case back adds to the horological thrill of owning the Apollo. It reveals a higher end movement with geneva stripes and blued screws, but I hope that with the production models they will consider using the rotor as a canvas for their imagination.

The Apollo is matched with a black kangaroo strap, which besides reinforcing the Australian identity of the replica Watch, it is a soft and extremely durable material. It comes with a branded stainless steel deployment buckle, it looks good, it is comfortable and I had no issues with it.

The Zion logo on the deployment buckle.

The Zion logo on the deployment buckle.

Looking back at my time with the Apollo, I discovered a new facet of microbrand replica Watches Replica, that of affordable Haute Horlogerie. It also reminded me an advice given by Gisbert Brunner, one of the biggest names among replica Watch journalists. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure to attend an event where he gave a speech about tourbillons and he started it by saying that every replica Watch collection should have a tourbillon. Now, after my time with the Apollo, I understand what he meant, indeed admiring a tourbillon turn on your wrist will remind you of all the work that went into building it, the history that started with Abraham-Louis Breguet, the craftsmanship, you feel the connection with the highest form of replica Watchmaking. OK, the Zion Apollo is not a product of the Vallée de Joux or Glashütte, but it is a tourbillion that won’t break the bank, it will bring your wrist game to completely new level.

The Apollo was launched last night on Kickstarter, and there is only one Apollo left at $1,309 AUD (about $999 USD), if you wait too much, the price will start at $1,459 AUD (about $1,109 USD) which is still a decent deal for a replica Watch like this. The campaign will run until Monday, September 5, 2016.

 

Zion Apollo tourbillon

Zion Apollo tourbillon

Zion Apollo tourbillon

Zion Apollo tourbillon

Profile view of the Zion Apollo

Profile view of the Zion Apollo

Zion Apollo tourbillon

Zion Apollo tourbillon

Zion Apollo tourbillon

Zion Apollo tourbillon

Zion Apollo tourbillon

Zion Apollo tourbillon

Fully Polished Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition vs Limited Edition II

Black DLC Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II and the silver Audi Sport Limited Edition

Black DLC Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II and the silver Audi Sport Limited Edition

Towards the end of 2013, Oris has announced their partnership with Audi Sport, bringing the Oris logo to prestigious racing events of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the DTM, German Touring Car Masters. This partnership gave birth to a new collection of motorsports-inspired replica Watches Replica: three limited edition chronographs and a GMT. In this review, we are going to take a look at the first two Audi Sport Limited Edition chronographs, the silver-toned Ref. No. 774 7661 7481 from 2014 that and the black DLC coated Ref. No. 778 7661 7784, a 2015 model. For the sake of practicality, let’s just call them Audi Silver and Audi DLC.A. Lange & Sohne Replica Watches

Black DLC Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II and the silver Audi Sport Limited Edition

Black DLC Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II and the silver Audi Sport Limited Edition

Dials… The silver-toned dial of the Audi Silver is highly legible, giving the impression of looking at a tool replica Watch. The decoration is minimal and the lume filled applied numerals with their polished contours jump out from the circular brushed base. This is the kind of dial that is begging you to turn it, tilt it, move it around so that the light can play on all its brushed surfaces and polished accents. The Audi Sport red is used strategically for the chronograph hands, the Audi Sport logo is placed at 3 o’clock and the linear small second display is at 9 o’clock.

Both have rather large dials, giving plenty of space for the subdials, date windows, and the typical Oris Artix “retrograde” small second display. All this space is made possible by the thin bidirectional bezel, featuring a timer scale while the chapter ring comes with a tachymeter scale. Despite its slim lines, it is quite interesting the firm grip offered by the bezel, the secret lies in a rubber insert, an Oris innovation. The bezel insert on the Audi Silver is made of tungsten while on the black Audi DLC the minute scale is engraved on a black ceramic ring.

Having them both at the same time, it feels like witnessing a drag race — which one will get on my wrist in the morning, and wich one will be left behind? They both have the same size (44 mm), same weight, which is surprisingly light for a chronograph thanks to the multi-piece titanium case, and clearly both of them bear the signature of the same designer. You can tell these are two cool brothers, yet they have different personalities and they are cool in a different way.

A closer look at the dial of the Audi Silver

A closer look at the dial of the Audi Silver

By the way, both of these replica Watches Replica have a small second display, it such an ingenious solution because of its simplicity, an instant eye-candy. 12 o’clock is reserved for the minutes subdial and at 6, we have the hours. These subdials sit lower, adding volume to the dial. Everything on the dial enjoys plenty of room, except the narrow date window crammed into the hours subdial, it is probably my least favorite feature of this dial.

Closeup on the black DLC Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II

Closeup on the black DLC Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II

The Audi DLC is a completely different beast. I can’t believe it has the same fonts for the numerals as the Audi Silver. Its stealth approach changes everything. Legibility was not a priority anymore, this model is about being daring and sophisticated at the same time. There is an even more restrained use of red, unlike on the previous model, here only the tip of the chronograph hands are red, the rest is dark gray. 12 o’clock is still reserved for a chronograph minute subdial, but this time, it comes with a 10-minute countdown. At 3 o’clock, we have a day-date indicator with white text on black, and at 9 o’clock we’ll find the same retrograde small second display as on the Audi Silver model.

When I first received the two pieces for review, I immediately like one of them more than the other, but I tried to stay neutral in order to write an impartial review. Did I succeed, I hope so, but I will let you be the judge of that. All I can say is that my initial opinion did not change over time and I think most of you will react the same way. Go with your fist instinct; whichever of these two you like at the fist glance, it is the one that fits the best your style and personality — I don’t think that you will change your mind. And just to make your life easier, as mentioned earlier, there is a newer iteration that just came out this year, the Audi Sport Limited Edition III, this one too is worth a look.

At 6 o’clock branding has plenty of space to stand out. The hour and minute hands and the numerals are filled with black Super-LumiNova, wich is rather cool, but if I would compare it with the other model, the Audi Silver is a lot brighter in darkness, but I don’t think it should be a deal-breaker if you like the stealth style of the Audi DLC.

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition

When it comes to the case design, they both share the same shape, with brushed surfaces, only the corner of the lugs are polished, emphasizing their unusually high position compared to the bezel. Some might find it that the lugs interfere with the rotation of the bezel, but aesthetically, I like how they give a more aerodynamic shape to these replica Watches Replica.

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II from the back and the front view of the Audi Sport Limited Edition

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II from the back and the front view of the Audi Sport Limited Edition

They both come with black perforated leather straps, an obvious choice for racing-car-inspired replica Watches Replica, with titanium folding clasps — on the Audi DLC, the clasp too is coated with black DLC.

As you could tell from the dial, the two chronographs feature different complications. The two Audi Sport chronographs are based on the Sellita SW 500 caliber modified by Oris. In the case of Audi Silver it is called Oris 774 and it is visible from the back with its typical Oris red painted rotor. The LE2, which uses the Oris Calibre 778, has a black solid case back decorated with the Audi Sport logo and a stylized silhouette of an Audi R18 racing car.

Pricewise, the difference is minimal, the Canadian MSRP for the Audi Sport Limited Edition is $4,750, while the black DLC Audi Sport Limited Edition II officially goes for $5,100.

For more, please visit www.oris.ch/en/collections/oris-audi-sport

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II and the Audi Silver in the background

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II and the Audi Silver in the background

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition

The back of the Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition.

The back of the Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition.

Three Oris pieces glowing in the dark: the Audi Sport Limited Edition, the Audi Sport Limited Edition II and the Pro Pilot Calibre 111.

Three Oris pieces glowing in the dark: the Audi Sport Limited Edition, the Audi Sport Limited Edition II and the Pro Pilot Calibre 111.

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II

Oris Audi Sport Limited Edition II

The latest model in the Oris Audi Sport collection is the Audi Sport Limited Edition III chronograph.

The latest model in the Oris Audi Sport collection is the Audi Sport Limited Edition III chronograph.

Full Review With Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

As a designer, I will always favour replica Watches Replica that represent at least the style of our days, or even better those that are in the avant-garde. Of course, there are a few exceptions among replica Watches Replica inspired by iconic models of the past, like the Longines Legend Diver, or the Seamaster 300, and a few others, but in general, I’m not sold on everything vintage or vintage-inspired. When it was first announced, during Baselworld 2015, I really liked the Oris Divers Sixty Five, and I was looking forward to having a closer look at it.Chopard Replica Watches

Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Ref. No. 733 7707 4064

Case: Stainless steel

Size: 40 x 48 x 12.8 mm

Lug Width: 20 mm

Crystal: Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides and with anti-reflective coating inside

Dial: Black curved dial with printed Super-LumiNova numerals

Hands: Coated with Super-Luminova

Water resistance: 100 metres

Movement: Automatic Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW200, with date at 6 o’clock, 28,800 vph, 38-hour power reserve

Canadian MSRP: $2,000

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

As it is indicated in the name, this Oris is based on a popular diver, presented in 1965. The original model was a three-hands and date replica Watch with a 36 mm chromium-plated brass case with plexi-crystal, featuring a bi-directional rotating bezel and it was water resistant to 10bar/100m. The charm of the new model resides in the successful update of the specs without impacting the design.

Even now, as I’m writing these lines, I had to stop and grab my camera to take another picture of the dial seen through the crystal, with light coming from my lamp and the computer screen, merging together with the distorted image of the dial. These kinds of distortions will make you fall in love with the Sixty-Five, it is like a girlfriend full of surprises whom you want to marry because you will never get bored with her.

Because I have a small wrist, I’m quite limited in the replica Watches Replica I can wear and modern divers, with their bold proportions, are usually too bulky for me. Without seeing it or trying it, just based on its specs, the Divers Sixty-Five ticks off many boxes on my wishlist.

While it has a larger diameter, the new model is still among the smaller divers out there. On the wrist, it sits flat, the only protrusion is the rounded shape of the curved sapphire crystal. Usually, in a replica Watch review, when it comes to the crystal, I would not go into much details beyond the fact that it’s flat or domed and it has AR coating. With the Divers Sixty-Five, the bubble-curved sapphire crystal deserves a closer look as it really spices things up.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

The screw-down crown is fairly large compared to the rest of the replica Watch offering and excellent grip, adjusting the time and winding the movement was never a hassle. The stainless steel case is an exercise of simplicity, it is purely functional, the decoration is kept to a minimum, it is almost imperceptible. The thin side is polished while the top part has a subtle, barely visible, brushed finish.

The back of the Divers Sixty-Five

The back of the Divers Sixty-Five

The solid stainless steel back of the replica Watch is decorated with the old ORIS logo, a bow to the original source of inspiration. The pure form of the case and its thin profile focuses the attention on the most important part of the replica Watch, the dial. Even the aluminium unidirectional rotating bezel is reserved and sits humbled by the proud crystal. Unlike the crown, I found the bezel to be a bit hard to operate because of its thin profile, but once I had a good grip, it turns in a precise manner.

The review model was not fitted with the standard black rubber strap, but with a khaki nylon strap that still worked nicely with the overal look of the replica Watch.

Under the hood, the Sixty-Five is powered by the automatic Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW200, a movement we are seeing more and more used by companies moving away from ETA. I’m not particularly obsessed with the accuracy of mechanical replica Watches Replica, and I did not notice any significant discrepancies in time-keeping of the Sixty-Five during the past weeks. On paper, it has a power reserve of 38-hours, nothing to be excited about, after a couple of days of not wearing the replica Watch, you’ll have to adjust the time and wind it.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

 

A closer look at the Divers Sixty-Five's dial.

A closer look at the Divers Sixty-Five’s dial.

The sword hour and minute hands are proportional with the indexes, and I really like that they are slim as opposed to the thick hands we see on many diving pieces. The thin second hand rotates a lume filled circle around the dial, especially in dark conditions it is quite fun to observe.

Lume shot of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Lume shot of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five

 

The dial screams 60s from every angle. Just look at the numerals in the four cardinal points, the “futuristic” square fonts are drawn as negative spaces in a Super-Luminova coated trapezoid block. Luminous coating that is also used for the indexes, the hands and the dot on the bezel, is very effective in dark places and it gives the replica Watch an unmistakable identity. I made a little test by posting a lume shot on Facebook and Instagram to see how long it would take for someone to name the replica Watch, the correct answer came almost instantly. When a replica Watch has such a strong identity that people can recognize even from the lume shot, I think it deserves more than just a hat tip, it should be a serious contender for a place in your collection.

The dial itself is slightly curved towards the edges, adding to the action coming from the crystal. On the original model, the date window was placed at 3 o’clock, on the new model, Oris opted for 6 o’clock, making it less conspicuous by giving the dial a balanced composition.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

I love many things about the Divers Sixty-Five, first of all, it’s a piece of design history you can wear on your wrist, it’s a time capsule. It’s a diving replica Watch that was conceived to be worn every day, not just in extreme scenarios of professional diving. 100 meters of water resistance is enough so that you can take it to the beach, without carrying around all the bulk that a deeper — read as unnecessary — waterproofing would have required.

It’s a weekend warrior that I was happy to wear even during more formal occasions. Its sporty and casual DNA, always makes me feel at ease and as I mentioned before, it is a replica Watch full of nice surprises that I will miss, now that I have to give it back. Among the replica Watches Replica launched in 2015, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five is among the few that I really like, I want to buy and I can afford to add to my collection.

In Canada, it retails for $2,000, in a typical Oris huge-bang-for-your-buck style.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Lume shot of the Oris Sixty-Five

Lume shot of the Sixty-Five

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

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Oris Divers Sixty-Five — hands-on review: http://www.watchpaper.com/2016/03/28/oris-divers-sixty-five-hands-on-review/

Posted by WatchPaper.com on Monday, March 28, 2016

Hands-on With Patek Philippe Reference 5975 Multi-Scale Chronograph

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It should come as no surprise that Patek Philippe, one of the world’s premiere Watch Replica makers, cleverly devised a line of timepieces to commemorate its 175th anniversary as a company. Four limited edition models, in an assortment of precious metals, sizes, and designs, celebrated the occasion—the 5575 (the 7175 being the ladies’ variant), 5975 (the 4675 being the ladies’ variant), 5275, and the astonishing 5175. But the cleanest and most restrained of the bunch is undeniably the 5975, a chronograph that functions differently from what one would expect of the complication.

 

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A brief breakdown of each scale:

Pulsimeter: taken directly from Patek’s press release: “medical heart rate measurements are expressed as the number of pulses per minute. To accelerate such measurements without having to wait for an entire minute while counting, the Multi-Scale Chronograph has a pulsimeter scale calibrated to 15 heartbeats (GRADUE POUR 15 PULSATIONS). If the Multi-Scale Chronograph is started when the first pulse is felt and stopped on the fifteenth, the pulsimeter scale display the number of pulses per minute. During their daily rounds in the wards, physicians once typically had to take the pulse of over a hundred patients. A pulsimeter Watch Replica saved them more than an hour a day.”

More specifically, the 5975 features a seldom-seen layout in which the chronograph hand measures heart rate, distance from a stationary object, and speed over an established radius as it traverses the dial. Pulsimeter, telemeter, and tachymeter scales crowd the face, but with a bit of brain power and a penchant for pre-digital age means of making measurements, ease of use is high and never an eye sore during daily wear.

Telemeter: in the case of most Watches Replica Replica utilizing a telemeter scale, distance from an object is measured in kilometers. The scale’s importance in military history is dually noted, as it was especially useful in determining the range between a gun and its target.

Tachymeter: the most common scale on chronographs. Calculates distance based on speed or speed based on a set amount of time.

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Aesthetically, the 5975’s 40mm case falls in line with that mindset, too, being relatively simple aside from finely sculpted lugs that are detachable come service time. Even after a studious look at the overall package, one would be hard pressed to notice such a subtle detail—the fit is exceptionally tight and not unlike what Rolex has achieved in recent years with their cases and bracelets. But know that Patek is not Rolex and quiet brushing lining the sides of the pushers, for instance, elevates the 5975 into an entirely different class. And that’s only one example of its prowess.

In terms of construction, the 5975’s dial appears relatively basic at first glance, which looks out of place, given its hefty asking price. Until light reflects from the surface at a variety of angles—which reveals a glowing, three-dimensional hue, perfectly chamfered indices, and beveled dauphine hands—it seems like one of 5975’s weakest points. But perhaps that’s exactly as Patek intended—the face effortlessly captures the spirit of a vintage Watch Replica , and meticulously crafted details only present themselves under close, and careful, inspection. Think of the 5975 as a Watch Replica for those who prefer to live their lives under the radar, with none of the flashy glitz commonly associated with timepieces commanding astronomical prices.

Powering the 5975 is Patek’s proprietary caliber CH 28-520, which is an automatic movement, as opposed to a more appropriate manual wind that typically coincides with the company’s chronographs. Featuring a solid gold rotor, column wheel, vertical clutch, and 55 hours of power reserve, the movement comes in at 5.2mm in height, making the Watch Replica 10.25mm thick—extraordinarily thin for a contemporary chronograph. Patek’s quality seal also adorns the movement meaning a very high level of finish and accuracy—the 5975 is rated at -3/+2 seconds a day, even with the chronograph running.

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But therein lies an issue: to maintain the Watch Replica ’s thin profile, Patek chose to keep the 5975’s movement behind a closed back and a commemorative engraving. Reading “Patek Philippe Geneve 175e Anniversaire 1839-2014,” first impressions paint the presentation a bit of a letdown, but it suddenly makes sense, if only for the fact that the company is able to craft their products as they please and Watch Replica collectors eagerly line up for their next purchase. And, honestly, that speaks volumes of Patek’s reputation in the Watch Replica world, given that rarely do any of their products flop. A buyer always exists for the newest limited production Patek, no matter the amount of quirks, cost, or aesthetic.

 

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Included with the 5975 is a luxurious wood presentation box, celebrating Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary. Particularly noteworthy is the commemorative inscription.

Patek Philippe 5975 Presentation Box 3 - PerpetuelleBreakdown of the 5975 model lineage (5975G seen in the article):

The verdict: there’s no doubt that Patek Philippe has worked hard to earn the status it enjoys today, and the 5975, along with the rest of the 175th anniversary collection, is proof of that. As expected, none of these Watches Replica Replica is perfect, and in the case of the 5975, its biggest setback is a lack of a display back and perhaps that the dial doesn’t jump out at you at first glance. A closer look, however, renders those thoughts obsolete—the 5975 is a stunning piece—aesthetically and technically—capable of captivating lucky collectors for years to come. Bravo, Patek Philippe. Bravo.

5975J – 18k yellow gold; limited to 400 units; priced at 53,000 CHF / $64,000

5975R – 18k rose gold; limited to 400 units; priced at 55,ooo CHF / $67,000

5975G  – 18k white gold; limited to 400 units; priced at 55,000 CHF / $67,000

5975P – platinum; limited to 100 units; priced at 78,000 CHF / $95,000

The official press release for the Patek Philippe Reference 5975, with full technical specifications, can be viewed right here.

Closer Look At Frederique Constant Manufacture Heart Beat

Frederique Constant Manufacture Heart Beat 3 - PerpetuelleIn a short span of only 20 years, Frederique Constant has come remarkably close to becoming a full-fledged manufacture for each and every one of its Watches Replica Replica. Slowly but surely, the brand has supplemented existing production, which was initially based heavily upon ETA calibers, with works of art coveted by the Watch Replica community—that is, exclusive and lavishly decorated proprietary movements available at a reasonable price.

 

See the purple escapement peeking out from within the movement?

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Frederique Constant Manufacture Heart Beat 2 - Perpetuelle…which leads us to a particular Watch Replica showcasing a number of interesting developments. Dubbed the Manufacture Heart Beat, an open heart is naturally a part of the equation, but the design language is unique in that the Watch Replica features a ribbed plate visible through a cutout in the dial. That is, of course, a love-it-or-hate-it type of feature much like an open heart itself, but the look is refreshing and proves Frederique Constant simply isn’t going through the motions—there’s real development here in creating a brand identity.

Many Frederique Constant models fare well next to the competition, but their manufacture collection presents a particularly fantastic value proposition. Much like Nomos, a brand revered for design prowess, integration, and innovation, Frederique Constant boasts similar achievements, though in a slightly different way. The brand dabbles in legitimate haute horology, for instance, through tourbillions, with clean design language and limited production numbers to boot. And, predictably, those carry a hefty price, but fear not; the tourbillons are merely a way to demonstrate dexterity and R&D as a relatively young brand, as technology and design trickles down to more affordable Watches Replica Replica.

In terms of operation, the movement is tight and offers a reassuring click when popping the crown back into place. The date hand snaps confidently into position when selecting the desired date, and the moon phase is buttery smooth when turning to the correct position. Coupled with the decoration on the movement itself—front and back—Frederique Constant has a real winner on its hands. The embossed gold rotor, abundant perlage, damaskeening, and blued screws are traditional Swiss Watch Replica making at its finest. The young brand clearly put its expertise to good use—and at a friendly price point relative to competitors.

As expected, the Manufacture Heart Beat comes in a variety of configurations, but the most striking are the models with roman numerals and guilloché dials. Referenced by numbers FC-945MC4H9 and FC-945MC4H6, their designs are rather so-so in over-edited stock photos, but they come to life in person and with the handiwork of a decent camera. The guilloché pops brilliantly in the right lighting, while the exposed plate offers a slice of exoticness normally reserved for Watches Replica Replica occupying the higher echelons of horology. The aesthetic is also important for a handful of reasons: for one, the open heart looks legitimately expensive and, two, the layout, featuring a moon phase, a date designated by a hand, and 24-hour sub-dial, is like nothing else in the price range.

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Frederique Constant Manufacture Heart Beat Movement - PerpetuelleNotable about the current iteration of the Manufacture Heart Beat is the movement, which celebrates 10 years of the collection. Prior to 2014, the Watches Replica Replica featured incremental improvements every few years, but little, if any, rivaled the introduction of the silicium escapement at the heart (pun intended!) of Frederique Constant’s development, caliber FC-945. Frederique Constant claims the escapement requires no lubrication, thus eliminating drastic wear if the movement isn’t properly oiled or allowed to expire past recommended service intervals. The brand also notes that the escapement is more efficient than one of more conventional means and is lower friction, requiring less energy.

 

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The Verdict: The photos alone likely tell the whole story, but the Manufacture Heart Beat is a very fine and elegant Watch Replica . The movement finishing goes above and beyond what’s expected of its $6,500 price point, and Frederique Constant is, again, to be commended for its efforts. It’s reasonable to surmise that, with time, and as brand cachet increases, Frederique Constant may very well raise its prices, but for now, the Manufacture Heart Beat is a Watch Replica to beat.

On the wrist, the Manufacture Heat Beat is just as appealing, with a very modern 42mm case size being a happy medium between bigger and smaller Watches Replica Replica. Given the functionality of the movement, the overall package is very thin, too, at just under 12mm thick and poses a valid question: why don’t manufactures work to make complicated or tech-packed Watches Replica Replica a tad thinner? Regardless, at least Frederique Constant is catering to fans of thinner Watches Replica Replica stuffed with functionality, and that’s yet another reason to love the Manufacture Heart Beat collection.

 

Watch courtesy of Moyer Fine Jewelers.

Reviewing Chopard L.U.C. 8HF Power Control

Chopard L.U.C. 8HF Power Control - Perpetuelle

Chopard is an intriguing brand. They have the history enthusiasts desire (yes, they were, first and foremost, a Watch Replica company, despite the common misconception), and the innovation coming from their ateliers today is enough to make any Watch Replica geek drool incessantly. Perhaps more impressive, though, is that Chopard is one of the few Watch Replica companies to own a gold foundry in which they expertly forge precious metal cases and jewelry. But why—then—is the company so senselessly pushed aside in debates involving high-end horology?IWC Portugieser Replica Watches

Beats me.

One of those calibers has a beat rate of 8 Hz. Yes, 8 Hz. To put that into perspective, think Zenith, Grand Seiko, or vintage Zodiac high-beat Watches Replica Replica, which mosey along at a comparatively leisurely 5 Hz or 36,000 beats per hour. By anyone’s standards, those are considered high frequency, but Chopard elected to one-up them all with an astounding 8 Hz or 57,600 beats per hour. Known as caliber L.U.C. 01.06-L and L.U.C. 01.09-L (w/power reserve indicator), the movement powers two different Watches Replica Replica in slightly different guises. Both pieces are limited to 100 (L.U.C. 8HF) and 250 (L.U.C. 8HF Power Control) pieces respectively, creating a sense of exclusivity.

These days, the Geneva-based manufacture is applying expertise in a variety of ways and letting the big boys know they mean business. For instance, if you look deep into Chopard’s movement hierarchy, you’ll see quite a few special novelties, especially from their L.U.C. line, which pushes the limits of Watch Replica making.

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Chopard Calibre L.U.C 01.09-L L.U.C 8HF Power Control

Naturally, one can only wonder if Chopard dropped the ball on movement decoration and finishing. But that’s highly unlikely, given the fact that the Power Control is part of Chopard’s L.U.C. line—a place reserved for the brand’s most prized Watches Replica Replica and manufacture movements. The coverup does vaguely remind of an incident with a special edition Panerai, however, where unfinished Unitas movements were slyly hidden away behind closed backs. But that’s obviously a bunch of unwarranted riffraff on my part because imagery of the movement is widely available around the internet, and this clearly isn’t another generic ebauché stuffed into a fancy case.

Today, we’ll be taking a look at 2014’s titanium and ceramic-cased version of the Watch Replica —called the L.U.C. 8HF Power Control—which is deceptively light and, aesthetically, very unique. But that doesn’t mean the Watch Replica isn’t without a caveat or two. For one, with an impressive movement hidden almost entirely behind a slab of ceramic, the design feels uninspired, and for lack of a better word, cheap when pitted against other Watches Replica Replica in the price range. Indeed, there IS a peephole-sized window that does a nice job of showing off the balance wheel and escapement, but other than that, there’s not much to see. Why hide a movement of such technical merit behind a closed back?

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Past that, the Watch Replica has a very bizarre look it. Set off by red accents, the second hand, power reserve indicator, and dial ring are a welcome splash of color to an otherwise dark design and emit a sense of spaciness when combined with the off-center crown. Imaginatively, the Power Control’s case is very UFO-like, not in a flying saucer sense, but in a weird, otherworldly sort of way.

Tech-wise, you already know what makes the movement so special: operation is at an incredible 8 Hz (or 57,600 beats per hour) and sounds like a bat out of hell when churning along. The caliber has all the goods you’d expect: COSC certification, a 60-hour power reserve from a single barrel, and a silicon escape wheel, impulse pin, and lever. Simply put, there’s a smattering of mechanical innovation to the package, and that’s one of Chopard’s selling points—something technologically advanced enough to make you feel you’re getting your money’s worth.

Chopard  L.U.C. 8HF Power Control

MSRP: $20,820

Limited to 250 pieces

42 mm titanium and ceramic case; 11.20 mm thick; automatic Chopard caliber L.U.C. 01.09-L; 60-hour power reserve; 8 Hz beat rate

Chopard L.U.C. 8HF Power Control 4 - PerpetuelleHowever—and that’s a big however—the strap feels unsuitable for the price point, with stiffness and an unpleasant, plastic-y texture bringing the overall package down a few notches. Frankly, it’s inexcusable to slap a bargain-basement-feeling strap on a Watch Replica of this caliber because it doesn’t match up to the rest of the impressive, if flawed, package. But, in the end, the Power Control is still a thrilling showcase of technical prowess and may very well be considered an important piece in Chopard’s modern renaissance. Of course, that’s only speculation on my part, but with a hot movement beating at 8 Hz, it’s not inconceivable.

The enlarged window displaying multiple dates is placed interestingly, too; similarly off center as the subsidiary dial, and fits in well with the asymmetrical nature of the Watch Replica . Contrasting details combine to make an admittedly fresh design, which isn’t something said of much of contemporary horology (unless one explores smaller brands willing to take risks).

Future collectible? Perhaps.

Watch courtesy of Moyer Fine Jewelers.